High-Volume 0.25 mm AlGaAs/InGaAs E/D pHEMT Process Utilizing Optical Lithography

Corey Nevers, Andrew T. Ping, Tertius Rivers, Sumir Varma, Fred Pool, Moreen Minkoff, Ed Etzkorn, Otto Berger

TriQuint Semiconductor 2300 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, OR. 97124 Corey.Nevers@tqs.com, (503) 615-9284

Keywords: 0.25mm, E/D pHEMT, AlGaAs/InGaAs, 150mm, sidewall spacer


TriQuint has developed a 150 mm high-volume 0.25 mm enhancement / depletion (E/D)-mode pseudomorphic high-electron mobility (pHEMT) AlGaAs / InGaAs based transistor process. Released as TQP25, the 0.25 mm gate length target is possible by utilizing a sidewall spacer process and is a hybrid of TQPED (0.5 mm) and the TQP13 (0.13 mm) pHEMT processes from TriQuint. Typical Depletion-FET (DFET) parameters

include a 50 GHz unity current gain cut-off frequency (Ft), -900 mV pinchoff voltage, 550 mA/mm Imax (Vgs = 0.9V), 1.0 mmm on resistance, and a 12 V minimum breakdown voltage. Additionally, the TQP25 process presented here includes a 0.35 mm Enhancement-FET (EFET) not typical at this technology node. Nominal EFET parameters are a 45 GHz Ft, a 300 mV threshold voltage, 1.3 m-mm on-resistance, and a 12 V minimum breakdown voltage. Passive components include two thin film resistor options (50 m/square and 1Km/square), a 0.62 fF/mm2 MIM capacitor and 1 local layer of evaporated interconnect and 1 global planarized plated metal layer. TQP25 allows designers to create circuits ranging in diverse applications from the cellular band to Ku-band.

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